China says Ukraine crisis has sounded alarm to humanity

Written by Javed Iqbal

BEIJING – The conflict in Ukraine has “sounded the alarm for humanity,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Wednesday China continues to occupy a position of neutrality while supporting its ally Russia.

China has refused to criticize Russia’s war on Ukraine or even to refer to it as an invasion of respect for Moscow, while condemning US-led sanctions against Russia and accusing the West of provoking Moscow.

“The crisis in Ukraine has once again sounded the alarm for humanity. Countries will certainly end up in security difficulties if they blindly trust their positions of strength, expand military alliances and seek their own security at the expense of others,” the official news agency Xinhua Xi was quoted as saying. .

Xi, who did not propose any solutions, spoke at the opening of a virtual business forum for the “BRICS” countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In other comments, Xi said that the imposition of sanctions could act as a “boomerang” and a “double-edged sword”, and that the global community would suffer from “politicization, mechanization and arming of” global economic trends and financial flows.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro maintained an unusually diplomatic tone in his short recorded speech to the forum, in which he praised the performance of his administration without mentioning any other country.

“The current international context is a cause for concern due to the risks of trade and investment flows to the stability of energy supply chains and investments,” he said. “Brazil’s response to these challenges is not to shut itself off. On the contrary, we have sought to deepen our economic integration. ”

Xi also said China would try to reduce the damage to international supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which it has faced with a hard line of lockdowns and quarantines despite a declining number of cases and rising economic costs.

China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy and drive to dominate global markets have backfired in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, including calls to replace Chinese suppliers and reduce dependence on the Chinese economy.

Xi called on nations to work together on such issues, saying efforts to “build a small courtyard with high walls” were not in anyone’s interest.

“Economic globalization is an objective requirement for the development of productive forces and an irresistible historical trend,” Xi said.

“Going back in history and trying to block the path of others will only block your own path in the end,” he said.

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